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Zaccheus, the Pride Parade, and Shared Values

As a church, we welcome everyone, no matter what they believe, where they are from, who they love. “Welcoming” is key to making us a loving community that can be safe for everyone. As Christians, in fact, we hold “welcoming everybody” as a shared value. And we hold ourselves responsible for acting on that value. […]

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What’s Holy About Easter Candy?

As children (and maybe as adults!) we associate Easter with chocolate bunnies and colored eggs. Certainly, as adults we know that Easter is about the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Jesus is the Messiah, who proves that we are so loved by our forgiving God that we are continually given the chance to be […]

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New Possibilities

I am anticipating with a palpable thirst the first blooms of spring, which as of this writing are not yet here.  The first golden yellow of forsythia, the rose red of the crab apple trees, white and coral of the dogwoods, the white-purple of the magnolias, the lavender pink of the red bud trees, the […]

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Graphic of a cup of coffee near an open book. The words Listen: Hearing that still small voice and finding your own are written over the image

White Noise

At home, I have a machine in my bedroom that produces white noise. (White noise is many different frequencies of sound played at once, just as white light is made up of many different colors). When I first turn the machine on, it sounds very loud. In no time, though, I literally don’t hear the […]

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Hymn of Promise

One of my favorite hymns, “Hymn of Promise” was composed by Natalie  Sleeth for her husband, who died just after she finished it: In the bulb there is a flower; in the seed, an apple tree; in cocoons, a hidden promise: butterflies will soon be free! In the cold and snow of winter there’s a […]

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